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Healthy Habits for Summer

Don't Take a Vacation From Your Healthy Habits This Summer! cover
Chicken and vegetables on dinner plate
Family biking
Woman shopping for healthy foods
Mother and kids skipping 
  1. ​​Choose wate​r workouts and​ make a splash as you get fit and strong.

  2. Add color, variety, and flavor to your meals with fruits and vegetables fres​h from your local farmers market.

  3. Visit museums, the zoo, or an aquarium and walk for hours without realizing it.

  4. When the sidewalks sizzle, get moving indoors with a fun fitness video or DVD.

  5. Start a small garden in your yard or in a community patch to exercise, grow healthy food, and have fun with family and neighbors.

  6. Plan a weekend hike through a park, a family softball game, or an evening walk around your neighborhood.

  7. Fuel your summer with nutrient-rich foods like whole grain​s, fat-free or low-fat milk and cheese, seafood, lean meats, poultry, eggs, beans, nuts, and seeds.

  8. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise, especially when the temperature soars.

  9. Strengthen your muscles at least twice a week with push-ups, pull-ups, or lifting weights

  10. Beat the heat with an early morning activity. Go for a walk or bike ride while watching the sun come up.

For free brochures about physical activity, nutrition, and weight control, call the Weight-control Information Network at 1–800–860–8747.

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August 2012